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To: Our US Soldiers
From: Your Commander in Chief

Starting this week, when you wake up wanting to know whether there's a breaking report of violence in the area you're headed for, remember not to visit the New York Times site.  If you try you will see a warning and your unapproved attempt will be logged.

And if you or your local commander want to make any strategic use of the information our allies and enemies have gleaned from the WikiLeaks site, you'll have to violate Air Force regulations and federal law to view it.  
Or figure out how to get to one of the hundreds of new WikiLeaks mirror sites I'm not blocking yet today.

You may even have to flip on Al Jazeera English on a TV -- which I hope you don't mind me saying, has a better record for accuracy than Fox or CNN anyway.

We've simply got to teach a lesson to the New York Times - along with WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, The Guardian, the top 25 international news publications, and investigative journalists everywhere - even if we have to abuse our own soldiers to do it.

I'm sorry if avoiding all these information sources endangers your lives.  You knew when you signed up there would be collateral damage.

Originally posted to Not Barack Obama on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Sandino, splashoil, reddbierd, shenderson

    Ambien fueled visits to the Oval Office iPad

    by Not Barack Obama on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 11:01:45 AM PST

  •  If our soldiers are relying on Julian Assange (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    kurt

    and Wikileaks to determine their troop movement, we're in bigger trouble than I thought.

    Something tells me, nobody's calling Julian for advice, and anyone making those decisions has access to anything Assange might have leaked, well before he leaked it.

    :sigh: Just another day at DailyRedstate...

    by second gen on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 11:12:03 AM PST

    •  reading the New York Times has been banned (5+ / 0-)

      for all Air Force personnel, along with all 25 leading sources of world news.  

      The Air Force is barring its personnel from using work computers to view the Web sites of The New York Times and more than 25 other news organizations and blogs that have posted secret cables obtained by WikiLeaks, Air Force officials said Tuesday.

      Following the link might allow you to understand the ban and the diary.  If you are military personnel, do not violate the ban!

      •  I do understand the ban. (0+ / 0-)

        Just because a news source publishes classified information, that hasn't, as yet, been unclassified, that doesn't give military a right to view it. Viewing it is against regs. Simple.

        I stopped looking at anything wiki related during the time my daughter was home on leave for a funeral recently. I didn't want anything being traced back to her computer. Although it was only the ISP that could be traced, as she had her own PC.

        We didn't even talk about it. Why would we? Just like I don't talk about my brother's jobs, which are classified, and I know he can't tell me, so I don't ask.

        People in the military understand it. They agreed to it when they signed on.

        :sigh: Just another day at DailyRedstate...

        by second gen on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 12:02:54 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  It's tragic your family is being mistreated too (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Sandino

          FYI, in the Air Force the whole NYT and 25 major pubs are banned - not just "anything wiki related".  

          It's tragic for all of us that families like yours have already been intimidated into avoiding news from credible publications while your daughter was home on leave.  Instead of helping you be informed citizens so our democracy can work, they've got you looking over your shoulder, worrying that some computer or ISP might turn in your daughter and your family like traitors for wondering about the truth.  It's called a "chilling effect".  Stalin or Mao would be proud, but how can Americans be?

          Now that your daughter's leave is done, I suppose you can click the link and read the NYT story, confirming that the ban is not limited to "anything wiki related".  Some of the other comments explain the "nonsensical" technical legal reasoning behind it.

          Starting last week we've also begun to see weirdly uninformed comments and "news" stories where it turns out participants and "reporters" who appeared clueless and wrote falsehoods may have refrained from viewing source material sites on line even to do the most basic fact checking.  This means that citizens determined to discover the truth will increasingly have to visit foreign and unapproved sites, through predictable market forces.

          I hope your daughter and family still have access to crucial facts about the wars.  For instance: Imagine there was something important that many soldiers don't know - let's say that there were no Afghani's or Iraqis involved in the 9-11 plot and that both governments and the Taliban immediately condemned the attacks - it might affect her view of whether she is making her nation safer or participating in an aggressive, illegal, misguidedly vengeful, counterproductive act.  It's your daughter's right as an American, and her duty as a soldier, to make informed decisions about such things.

          Truly,
          not Barack Obama

    •  Just a thought (3+ / 0-)

      it might be snark. Maybe the diarist is lampooning the Air Force's overarching attempt to deny its personnel access to an uncensored flow of information. Good thing Fox isn't on that list. At least they'll have "fair and balanced" news.

      In a democracy dissent is an act of faith. Like medicine, the test of its value is not in its taste, but in its effects. J. William Fulbright

      by crescentdave on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 11:23:51 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  If Soldiers have time to read The Times (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Sandino, blueoasis, Not Barack Obama

    then they should be disciplined.

    Clean your guns!
    Shine your boots!
    Do push ups!

    We are at war, soldier.  Reading will return when the war is over.

    Of course, the irony in sending out that message is no one will read it :)

    "They really don't want to 'win' the war; they just want to have one."
    -- DelicateMonster

    by 8ackgr0und N015e on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 11:21:40 AM PST

  •  this is stupid (2+ / 1-)
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    testvet6778, CanyonWren
    Hidden by:
    Sandino

    the diary is stupid and your name is stupid.

    RIP Pike Miners We will never forget

    by GlowNZ on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 11:24:56 AM PST

  •  Their attitude is nonsensical but legal (2+ / 0-)
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    testvet6778, Not Barack Obama

    Classified information that has been compromised is still classified, and it is technically illegal to view it.  The ban appears to be an attempt to comply with rules regarding protection of classified material.

    I'm not saying the ban isn't stupid; it just happens to be the correct application of policy.

    I wish USAF rules regarding the control, movement and storage of nuclear weapons had got the same attention in the last several years.

    Never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over.

    by DaveinBremerton on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 11:39:29 AM PST

    •  There are rules... (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Not Barack Obama

      ...in place in military contractors and elsewhere about keeping classified information and unclassified information completely separate. It's considered a serious security breach for classified information to exist on the unclassified network.

      That is what's driving these regulations, as stupid as the end result of the policy ends up being. A copy of a New York Times article that includes classified data is as much contamination of the unclassified network as any other breach, and these organizations are sworn by contracts they have signed to safeguard classified information.

      (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
      Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

      by Sparhawk on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 11:58:13 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Fuck you (0+ / 0-)

    He may be the top of the chain of command, but it's the Air Force (the entirety of which is already several lengths down that chain) that blocked access to the NYT. I can't agree one bit with that action, but I can agree even less with your disgusting disrespect for the President. Go over to some right-wing web site where you belong. If there's going to be someone posting satirically under the name "Not Barack Obama" on DK, it should be someone with at least half a brain and an ounce of talent. Not just some snarky unicorn-lover. I checked your earlier diaries; they're all this bad, and in just the same way. Your snark fails because it isn't all that insightful, it isn't at all humorous, and worst of all it is entirely and completely misdirected. You think just blaming everything on the President makes you a righteous liberal?

    [Obama] could walk across the Potomac and tomorrow the headlines would say "The President Can't Swim!" -- LBJ

    by the tmax on Sat Dec 18, 2010 at 10:44:03 PM PST

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